Kathleen Copeland Vice President, C III Realty Services
Kathleen Copeland began her career in real estate 22 years ago. Because this was a
time in which a college degree was not necessarily a prerequisite for success in the
field, she left her undergraduate studies for a full-time career in real estate. As
her interest in investments and apital markets grew, she realized that completing
her business degree would give her a better understanding of the financial aspects
of the field.
What she calls the “severe lack of women” in leadership roles within commercial real
estate motivated Copeland to take her education a step further and complete an MBA.
“I was initially enrolled at another university,” Copeland said, “but I pulled out
because there was not enough flexibility in the program.” The University of Dallas
MBA program’s combination of evening, weekend, and online classes gave her exactly
the flexibility she needed to balance her busy work and family life. The global perspective
of the program also appealed to Copeland, as did UD’s emphasis on ethical leadership.
Copeland says that she saw the benefits of her UD classes from day one. “It was like
being a living lab,” she said. “I could take what I was learning in class and apply
it immediately at work.”
The collaborative projects had the most impact on her performance. “By cooperating
extensively on assignments with people of differing ages and cultural backgrounds,
I was able to better manage my own projects and teams at work. I learned to trust
every member of the group and to delegate projects successfully.”
As far as advice for new students, Copeland suggested that younger students complete
an extensive internship before embarking on an MBA program. “You have to have work
experience behind you in order to get the full benefit of the program,” she said.
According to Copeland, theory alone isn’t enough. To be able to contribute, students
need solid work experience.
Kathleen Copeland is the Vice President of C III Realty Services in Irving, Texas.
She completed her MBA at the University of Dallas in 2014.